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    WNC> 12th Annual John Rock Event: 22-25 July 2021

    Here it is.

    We'd would like to invite you to the twelfth annual John Rock Hang. Very excited that this hammock hang is over a decade old. Children and pets are welcome. Come for an over-nighter, a day hike, or stay for the weekend. I plan to be at the campsite by Thursday afternoon if anyone wants to join us early. EARLY.

    Located in Pisgah National Forest about five miles West of Brevard in Western NC. Our campsite is approximately 1.2 miles from the parking lot with an elevation gain of ~200'. It's not car camping, but it's not wilderness camping either.

    As with tradition we will do our usual chili dog dinner Saturday night. We will work out the details as the thread/guest list populates. All other meals are on your own.

    Getting to the campsite: It is a large Pine grove with plenty of room, a nice fire pit, and ample access to potable water. The site is located at N35 16.486 W82 47.978 for you GPS enthusiasts. On the map it is 1.2 miles from the parking lot (West end) at John Rock on the Cat Gap Loop trail.

    From the parking lot: Facing John Rock go to the right side (the side closest to the hatchery and rest rooms). Walk around the gate and then turn right onto Cat Gap Loop Trail about where the service road starts to look overgrown and goes up hill. There is a marker but it's 20/30 feet up the trail connector. You will cross a couple of foot bridges and then cross a gravel forest service road. Head straight up the hill, continuing on Cat Gap Loop. The only tricky part is at the intersection of Cat Gap and Butter Gap. Turn left to cross a foot bridge and immediately bear right to stay on Cat Gap. In about a tenth of a mile you will cross another foot bridge and enter the campsite (The Enchanted Forest to us 'locals').

    The position of our campsite allows for a diversity of hiking choices. Hanging around camp and lollygagging is encouraged.

    There are lots of waterfalls to be viewed from the trails which parallel them. Plenty of swimming holes and spectacular views from both atop John Rock and the surrounding area. The view is NOT so great if you happen to be down at the Cedar Rock Creek Waterfall while we are taking an evening wilderness shower...

    Directions: From Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to the exit for the Asheville Airport (exit 40). Turn right onto NC 280; follow this 4-lane highway for 16 miles toward Brevard. At the intersection with US highways 276 and 64, turn right onto US 276 west (follow signs for Pisgah National Forest). Follow US 276 for 5.2 miles; turn left onto FR 475. Go 1.4 miles to the Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery. Turn left, cross the bridge and park in the parking lot.

    We park on the far end of the parking lot (facing John Rock) so our vehicles are in the shade most of the day.

    The address for the John Rock parking lot is 1401 Fish Hatchery Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone for a great time.

    Tacoma96 or Foxpoop if you have any questions.

    RIP Running Feather-another JRH for you
    Straight out of Clayton.

    Most physical hike: Grandfather Mountain, NC. Aug 13.

    I don't need to make my pack lighter. I need to make my (_*_) lighter.

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    I’m going to try to make this one work permitting. Will be up that way this coming weekend for some hiking too

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    Sounds absolutely like something we will be looking forward to. It has been way too long. TYSM for posting!

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    Canít wait for another year. I can bring bring some dry firewood.

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    I am definitely going to come up this year. My calendar always seems to have something on it first, but not this year. Every time I hike through the enchanted forest, I think what a great place for a hang!

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    WNC> 12th Annual John Rock Event: 22-25 July 2021

    Tacoma and Foxpoop, got it on calendar. John Rock is my favorite hang, bar none, thank you for hosting.
    Last edited by Phantom Grappler; 06-06-2021 at 16:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenawise View Post
    Sounds absolutely like something we will be looking forward to. It has been way too long. TYSM for posting!

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    Glad the Hoosier group can make this event, tell Bill to stay off 4 wheel drive routes where Honda Accords are not recommended.

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxpoop View Post
    Can’t wait for another year. I can bring bring some dry firewood.
    I have two containers of firewood ready to go, I think firewood is covered, thanks Kevin.

    Quote Originally Posted by smkymtns View Post
    I am definitely going to come up this year. My calendar always seems to have something on it first, but not this year. Every time I hike through the enchanted forest, I think what a great place for a hang!
    Hope you can make it always a great time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom Grappler View Post
    Tacoma and Foxpoop, got it on calendar. John Rock is my favorite hang, bar none, thank you for hosting.
    And my favorite hang is YOURS, glad you can make it Dave.
    Straight out of Clayton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twistytee View Post
    I’m going to try to make this one work permitting. Will be up that way this coming weekend for some hiking too
    Great hope you can make it.
    Straight out of Clayton.

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    I don't need to make my pack lighter. I need to make my (_*_) lighter.

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    Going to put it down !!! Finally off that weekend !!!


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    Great Curtis hope you can.
    Straight out of Clayton.

    Most physical hike: Grandfather Mountain, NC. Aug 13.

    I don't need to make my pack lighter. I need to make my (_*_) lighter.

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